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Gorman The Bully Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
  • WE 95
  • WS 92
  • RP 90
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Winemaker Notes

The Bully is a dense wine chock-full of power and grace from the heart of Red Mountain.

Blend: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot

Critical Acclaim

WE 95
Wine Enthusiast

The 2009 Bully includes 10% Petit Verdot. It's seamless and complete, a firm, muscular, dark, smoky/earthy Cab with substantial tannins. The deeply powerful black fruits have a vivid presence and a slightly roasted character. This is a big bruiser, but beautifully proportioned.
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WS 92
Wine Spectator

Dark and juicy, with a bright edge to the red berry and black cherry flavors, hinting at chocolate and chile pepper as the finish rolls on easily against crisp tannins.

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RP 90
The Wine Advocate

Blended with a manifestly potent 10-15% of Petit Verdot (the stats he handed me differed from those on his web site), Gorman's Red Mountain 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon The Bully was, like most of his reds, aged for 21 months in 100% new barriques, and you certainly can't claim that there is too little vinous stuff here to have stood up to that regimen! Stewed and confitured black fruits are mingled with roasted beet, toasted walnut, vanilla, and pencil lead. Massive and tannic even as it is extremely sweetly fruited, this finishes with a lick of mouthwatering salinity and a Washington-typical twang to its amped-up guitar. There being no wine-sensing equivalent of ear plugs, some tasters are forewarned and others – I trust you'll know who you are – will be more profoundly moved than this one. I really hope I can revisit this in a few years but I’m not able to predict the direction it's headed.

Gorman Winery

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Gorman Winery was established in 2002 in Woodinville, Washington and currently produces 3000 cases annually. Gorman specializes in luscious Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. With a pioneering spirit, they have utilized techniques in Washington state including barrel fermentation of all of their reds to produce stylistic and grand wines from a very powerful grape growing region. Their focus has been on capturing the beauty, finesse and complexity of this intense growing... View More